How to Write Creative Fiction: Umberto Eco’s Four Rules
Umberto Eco (1932–2016) was one of the bestselling authors of all time. In Confessions of a Young Novelist, he shares some unique advice for writing fiction.
«Having created an entire world, you will then have a clear sense of the kind of language to use within it.»
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